Recommendations to Prevent Surgical Errors Issued by American College of OB GYNs

On Tuesday, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued recommendations to help prevent surgical errors.  The recommendations include:

  • Using checklists.  The World Health Organization has already established a checklist that has surgical teams review procedures before the patient is put under anesthesia, before they make the first incision, and before the patient is brought to the recovery room.  The Commission issuing the recommendations on behalf of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends the use of a similar checklist;
  • Eliminating distractions.  Distractions may include beepers, cell phones, music and unnecessary conversations.  It is recommended that distractions be limited and kept out of the operating room to the extent possible;
  • Marking the surgical site on the patient with a marker; and
  • Actively involving the patient before surgery.

The Commission claimed that there were 116 wrong site surgical errors in the United States during 2008. If you have been the victim of a wrong site surgical error in Pennsylvania then it is important to contact a Pennsylvania surgery malpractice lawyer for a consultation about your potential legal rights to recovery.